The grand Kassenhalle is one of Otto Wagner's most
famous masterpieces and one of the finest examples of
Viennese architecture. Wagner was here able to
combine the vision of a new Postal Savings Bank with
that of a new and modern architecture.
This ravishing school located in Sweden was built by
architects Ahrbom & Zimdal along with many
other incredible schools all over this country. Before
that Ahrbom participated in the 1930 Stockholm
exhibition housing department, where he worked with
other architects as Ahren, Markelius, Lewerentz or
Hedqvist, designing new functionalist Swedish housing
It seems to me that the little fish that once swan in the
bathtub of your parents house when you were a child
grew up a little too much. Now he is ready to go back
to the ocean... or at least to the Mediterranean Sea.
The surfaces of the Palais Stoclet are presented by
Hoffmann as defined spaces by means of framing them.
Even the windows, also framed, deny the plasticity of
the otherwise coherent volume.
Cuando veo este arco parabolico de Niemeyer recuerdo
los arcos de los grandes hangares de Freyssenet en Orly.
Cuando veo esos azulejos azulados, los paños
maravillosamente alicatados en las calles y miradores de
Freyssinet's airship hangars at Orly were parabolic
(a funicular arch shape) in section and relied upon
pre-tressed members. Between arches, continuous
light openings allowed getting plenty of natural light
within the gigantic interior space. In this manner these
spaces resembled somehow the same atmosphere of
a large gothic cathedral.
All the best.
This remarkable structure was built in 1935 and extended
in1939 by architects Figini and Pollini for famous Olivetti
Corporation at Ivrea. Featuring a full curtain-wall facade,
the building is meant to minimize physical boundaries
between interior and exterior public realm, showing up by
this way one of the philosophical principle of the company:
to develop strictly rational and logical concepts.
"I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth
is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming
generations can look back to the shapes we leave here
and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs
- at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral."
I rather think the project for Puerta Europa of Antoni
Bonet might have been more memorable than the towers
that were built...
Maria Zambrano decia que hay que dormirse arriba
en la luz y estar despierto abajo en la oscuridad. Aqui
en el Cementerio del Bosque me he sentido como en
estado de vigilia o como si estuviera viviendo un sueño
Todo mi cariño.
"No work of art in any field can be considered a work
of art unless it reveals the basic nature of the artist himself".
Thanks for the chapel, thanks for the dome, thank you
Towards the end of his life Gio Ponti said to his daughter:
"They say that I reached the apex of my creative life with
the Pirelli Tower; but that was in the 1950s. I went on
working for another 20 years, and the cathedral in
Taranto marks another high point"
The new Murcia City Hall built by Rafael Moneo seems
to me to be somehow in debt to this delicate building.
All the best.
"...the symmetrical relationships of the parts of the building
and their orientation towards a central axis is being
replaced by a new conception of equilibrium which
transmutes this dead symmetry of similar parts into an
asymmetrical but rhythmical balance" (Walter Gropius)
"...for me, right from the beginning the art of
architecture has always been the priority. That's
what I trained to do (and incidentally its what
students are still trained to do)..." (James Stirling)